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Alabama Remains Atop Latest BCS Standings

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Another dominant win for Alabama assured that the Crimson Tide would retain its hold on the top spot in the latest BCS Standings. Meanwhile, three more undefeated teams who had decisive Saturday victories check in just behind the Tide, as Oregon, Florida State, and Ohio State are No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Oregon, which rolled over then-No. 12 UCLA, jumped the Seminoles, who topped unranked North Carolina State. The top two teams in the final BCS Standings will meet in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 6, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif.

Stanford, the top-ranked one loss team, moves up to No. 5, after a win over then-No. 25 Oregon State, coupled with Missouri suffering a heart-breaking overtime defeat at the hands of South Carolina which dropped the Tigers from the ranks of the undefeated. The win lifted the Gamecocks from No. 21 to No. 14 while Mizzou dropped to No. 9.

Baylor also made a move as the undefeated Bears crushed Kansas on the road to leapfrog Miami for No. 6. The Hurricanes, who barely escaped Wake Forest, remain at No. 7. Clemson, which recovered from last week's loss to Florida State by beating Maryland, moves up one slot to No. 8. After No. 9 Missouri, Oklahoma rounds out the top 10. The Sooners had a critical victory as they topped then-No. 10 Texas Tech, 38-30, the first loss of the year for the Red Raiders, who drop to No. 15.

Auburn remains at No. 11, followed by three more Southeastern Conference schools, giving the SEC six teams in the top 14. Texas A&M is No. 12, LSU is No. 13 and then the Gamecocks are 14.

After No. 15 Texas Tech is No. 16 Fresno State, the top-ranked team from a non-automatic qualifying conference. The top-ranked team from a non-AQ conference earns an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl if it finishes in the top 12 or in the top 16 and ahead of the champion of one of the automatic qualifiers. Currently, the highest ranked team from the American Athletic Conference is No. 19 Louisville, followed closely at No. 23 by UCF, which upended the Cardinals two weeks ago.

The SEC leads the top 25 with six ranked teams, while the Big Ten and the Big 12 each have four ranked programs. The ACC and the Pac-12 have three ranked teams, followed by the American Athletic (AAC) with two and one each from the Mountain West and the Mid-American. Notre Dame, which moves into the standings this week at No. 25 is the only independent ranked team.

This week's top game in regards to the BCS Standings will be an ACC showdown of undefeateds as No. 3 Florida State hosts No. 7 Miami on Saturday evening (7 p.m. Central, ABC). Key games in the SEC include fast-rising Auburn, approaching the top 10, traveling to Arkansas and No. 9 Missouri hosting Tennessee as it hopes to regain form after taking its first loss on Saturday. In the Big 12, No. 15 Texas Tech looks to recover from Saturday's loss to Oklahoma when it hosts No. 18 Oklahoma State, which has won three straight.

October 27, 2013 BCS Standings

  1. Alabama (8-0) - LW: 1
  2. Oregon (8-0)- 3
  3. Florida State (7-0) - 2
  4. Ohio State (8-0) - 4
  5. Stanford (7-1) - 6
  6. Baylor (7-0) - 8
  7. Miami (7-0) - 7
  8. Clemson (7-1) - 9
  9. Missouri (7-1) - 5
  10. Oklahoma (7-1) - 15
  11. Auburn (7-1) - 11
  12. Texas A&M (6-2) - 16
  13. LSU (7-2) - 13
  14. South Carolina (6-2) - 21
  15. Texas Tech (7-1) - 10
  16. Fresno State (7-0) - 17
  17. Northern Illinois (8-0) - 18
  18. Oklahoma State (6-1) - 19
  19. Louisville (7-1) - 20
  20. UCLA (5-2) - 12
  21. Michigan (6-1) - 22
  22. Michigan State (7-1) - NR
  23. UCF (6-1) - 23
  24. Wisconsin (5-2) - NR
  25. Notre Dame (6-2) - NR

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